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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2010, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Click and Pawl for a switch rod

Just curious about size suggestions for a Hardy (or Hardy type) clicker reel for my 11ft 8wt z axis switch which will have a 500-525 skagit short on it. What size reel do I need to hold all of that and about 100 yards of backing? Any suggestions on specific reels without completely destroying the bank?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2010, 05:44 PM
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My guess is the Salmon 1 would be about right if you want a Hardy clicker.

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for myself ,

i use on my meiser switch rods the older 3 screw leaded finish st john reels ,3 7/8 in size , can pick them for a steal if you keep a eye out for them , i think they the best deal right now on any hardy to be had with click & pawl , they also looks good when worn and even better i like the st john in a durel finish , but they will run you about 700 plus for a mint one as pretty rare , i still they worth it ,

the st john reel will hold your line and 100 yards i think easy , i use a 400 grain skagit with running line and about 200 yards backing on it ,

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Dutch has it right on the St. John as being the bargain out there. The Salmon I or Salmon II will be plenty of spool for line and backing. I had one St. Andrew over the years and this would be a dandy also but they are rare and 350 - 450 for a nice one would be about right.

Of the group mentioned the St John has the loudest report when a fish strips line from the spool. Startling on the first run but you grow used to it quickly.

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Bougle 3 3/4 or a Salmon 1

Those are the 2 reels i use on my 11' 8 wt Helios

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These can usually be had for less than $100 and will last a lifetime.
J. W. Youngs Beaudex in 3-3/4" This particular one is RHW only but those made in the 60s will wind either way.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-23-2010, 02:53 PM
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All great suggestions, the Marquis and St. John reels can be found for very reasonable prices and are great reels. You could have a look at the larger Golden Prince models as well. With the exposed rim it's a bit like a wide drum version of the Marquis' and they can be found relatively cheap as well.
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